International Swimming Hall Of Fame
Announces Water Polo Class Of 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, December 7, 2009 - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced the Honoree Induction Class of 2010 for the sport of Water Polo. The 2010 Enshrinement will mark the organization’s 46th year of honoring the greatest names in the history of the sports of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. The Induction for Water Polo Athletes will take place coincident with the European Water Polo Championships on Friday, September 10, in Zagreb, Croatia.
Members of the Class of 2010 who will be inducted in Zagreb and enshrined in the World Museum of Swimming at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA), include: Honor Water Polo players Giuseppe D’Altrui (ITA) and Marco D’Altrui (ITA), Alexander Dolgushin (URS), Zdravko Jezic (YUG/CRO), Maureen O’Toole (USA), and Honor Pioneer Water Polo Coach Andres “Bandy” Zolyomy (HUN, ITA, ESP)
About the Class of 2010
Giuseppe D’Altrui (ITA) and Marco D’Altrui (ITA)
This unusual father/son “team” played during two separate eras and each in three separate Olympic Games. Giuseppe was born in 1934, and played in over 305 Series A games. He played on the Italian Olympic Teams of 1956, 1960 and 1964 winning the gold medal before a cheering hometown crowd at the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he was Team Captain. He also served as Captain of the 1964 Olympic Team.
Son Marco competed on the 1984 and 1988 Italian Olympic Teams before winning the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. As there was more available competition during his era, he played in 711 Series A games and another 367 games as a member of the Italian National Team. As a great defensive player, he helped to keep his opponents from scoring goals resulting in a Grand Slam for the Italian National Team from 1992 to 1994 (Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and all the LEN Cups)
Alexander Dolgushin (URS)
Known as “Ivanych” to his teammates and “Killer” to his esteemed opponents, he was one of the most feared defensive players during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Coaches praised his ability to oppose the most powerful opponents leading to his crowd-attention rivalry with Hungary’s giant scorer Istvan Szivos, Jr. at the 1972 Olympic Games, resulting in the gold medal for his team. His dominance helped his teams to also win the 1975 World Championships and two European Championships. He competed on the National Team for over a decade.
Zdravko Jezic (YUG)
“Pusko” played on three Olympic teams for Yugoslavia winning silver medals in 1952 and 1956. He contributed to the development of the “dynamic game” after restriction of movement was discontinued in 1950, helping to develop the “Yugoslav school” of fast-style water polo. He played in every one of the 113 consecutive national team games from 1950 to 1960 (captain 1958-1960) and in over 400 games for his Club Mladost’s team (captain 1952-1962). Bela Rajki called him one of the outstanding personalities of his time.
Maureen O’Toole (USA)
She is a six-time World Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year and played on the Women’s U.S. National Team for over 21 years. Between 1978 and 2000, she competed in six World Championships and seven FINA World Cups. Before joining the Women’s National Team, she played California high school and college water polo on the boy’s and men’s teams as there were no school teams for women. At age 39 at the Olympic Games’ debut of women’s water polo during the 2000 Sydney Games, she capped her career with an Olympic silver medal.
Andres “Bandy” Zolyomy (HUN, ITA, ESP)
“Bandy” was a man of vision and passion for water polo, setting the foundations for both Italy and Spain to excel in the sport and to win Olympic gold medals. Hungarian by birth, he coached in each country on two separate occasions from 1934 to 1973 and in seven Olympic Games – four for Spain (’48, ’52, ’68, ’72) and three for Italy (’56, ’60, ’64). With young players, his 1960 Italian team won the Olympic gold medal. Italian water polo legend Eraldo Pizzo said “Zolyomy created an exceptional spirit of affection for water polo in Italy”. He returned to Spain in 1968 becoming Spain’s first full-time national team coach, enlarging the water polo base and putting emphasis on a young generation of players. Deceased in 1992, it was his efforts and influence that helped lead Italy and Spain to Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 respectively.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. It accomplishes this through operation of the World Museum of Swimming, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information visit http://www.ishof.org
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